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Dear Dr. Vinny,

Our wine locker fits standard claret and Burgundy bottles, but oversized 750ml bottles don't fit between the slats. As a result, we have to limit our wine purchases to standard sizes, shutting out many of the high-end vintners that bottle their wines in pricey oversized bottles. We can’t be the only consumers affected. What’s wrong with traditional-sized bottles?

—J.C. and John B., Glendale, Calif.

Dear J.C. and John,

Those oversized bottles on steroids don’t fit in my cellar, either, and if they do squeeze in, I risk scraping the label every time I move the bottle. I wonder how a winemaker (or their marketing guru) would feel if confronted by a wine lover who wanted to buy their wines … but only if they came in a normal-sized bottle?

But I believe this is a trend that’s fading. Five to 10 years ago, oversized 750ml bottles were all the rage (and enraged more than a few wine lovers at the same time with their unnecessary bulk and weight), but with the global economic recession during that time, and increasing awareness of “green” business practices—notably how much larger a carbon footprint it creates to move those heavier glass bottles—I hear more about wineries deciding to downsize the weight of their glass. There was also news a couple years ago that the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, Canada, informed suppliers that they will no longer accept heavy bottles for wines priced at $15 or less.

For more information on how all the different types of packaging stack up, check out our comprehensive guide to alternative wine packaging.

—Dr. Vinny

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